Indian Premier League 2021: The story of the Knight Riders model

Shah Rukh Khan


KKR owner Shah Rukh Khan (second from right) has been at the height of Bollywood film for almost 30 years, starring in more than 80 films

“I jokingly tell people that in India there are only two religions – cricket and Bollywood – and I’m involved in both.”

When Venky Mysore was appointed chief executive officer of Indian Premier League side Kolkata Knight Riders in 2010, he had one thing on his mind: global domination.

Mysore, who had forged a successful career in insurance, was brought in by KKR owner – and one of the biggest stars in Bollywood film – Shah Rukh Khan.

Despite KKR winning the 2012 and 2014 IPL tournaments, success in India was not enough for the two men in charge.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Mysore explains how he went on to acquire the team now known as Trinbago Knight Riders in the Caribbean Premier League, reveals his ambitious plans to break the United States with a Los Angeles Knight Riders franchise, and discusses potential involvement in The Hundred.

From Kolkata to…